SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 15:30 English spoken
a special event with keynote speaker angel Kyodo williams a.o.
A social visionary and outspoken activist, and a maverick spiritual teacher, Rev. angel Kyodo williams is the second black woman ever recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. An esteemed Zen priest, she is unafraid to voice uncomfortable truths: “It’s insufficient to hide in spiritual centers and make money off of mindfulness while the world is burning down”. During this special event angel will speak about transformative change and about the potential and need to reinvigorate progressive ideals and social movements with a spiritual and ethical ground. She is a leading voice for Transformative Change, practicing at the intersection of personal change and social transformation for twenty years. Her unique combination of “fearlessness and grace” is both deeply political and deeply compassionate. She is committed to a radical practice of conversation as an essential practice of being in the world.
The event starts off with the film Resilience: Vision for a new America (70 min) that stars angel as a leading protagonist. The film aims to invigorate a world in which there is space for the humanity of all. The last years have seen both in the US and the Netherlands a resurgence of a strong anti-racist and pro-feminist activism. And both here and in the US, coalition is thwarted by often bitterly polarized discussions around identity. In this context, the vision and practice angel articulates offers a way to move forward.
Following a short guided meditation and her keynote address, angel will ‘practice conversation’ about love, liberation and finding common ground in the US and the Netherlands, with a.o. Mercedes Zandwijken, and Nina Polak.
Mercedes Zandwijken is the director of Keti Koti Dialogues Tables. She is a specialist in organising think tanks and innovative projects and in initiating and directing dialogue on polarizing topics. As a community therapist, Zandwijken works on citizen participation, network development and social cohesion. Her general objective is to raise the awareness of the inner and social conflicts and blind spots that arise from the complex historical and social backgrounds of Dutch slavery and colonial past and to obtain new insights that lead to a society free from discrimination and racism.
Yvonne Zonderop is author and journalist a.o. for Dutch weekly the Groene Amsterdammer. She is an active board member at several institutions such as Unesco and Public Broadcasting, and advisor to leading journalism and governing institutes. In April 2018 her book appeared Unbelievable: About the surprising comeback of religion. Yvonne engages in a dialogue about the social importance and the role of religion in our contemporary secular society. Is it time to throw the fear of religion overboard?
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Watch the trailer of Resilience: